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MetiNews.Com - Scott Martin's deflected goal proved to be a consolation for the Lanarkshire outfit after a trio from the Frenchman and and Jeremie Frimpong strike.
Breaking News ! It was always a big ask for Hamilton Accies to come to Celtic Park on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership. With the reigning champions targeting a tenth consecutive title, the Hoops put down a marker for the rest of the campaign with a comfortable win over Brian Rice's side. An Odsonne Edouard hat-trick and a Jeremie Frimpong strike and a late addition by Patryk Kimala secured an impressive closed-door victory. Scott Martin's deflected effort proved to be nothing more than a consolation. Gaffer Rice went with a young side against the champions, with the starting eleven having an average age of just 22 and Ross Callachan the most experienced performer at just 26. Lanarkshire Live Transfer Hub Airdrie sign Hearts youngster Ex-Rangers kid Hutton set for fifth tier Kilby target Thistle hero Doolan Accies snap up Livi defender The hosts tested goalkeeper Ryan Fulton early on when Christopher Julien met a Ryan Christie corner after just two minutes, but the Englishman held the ball well. Moments later another Christie corner was met by a Kristoffer Ajer as he raced into the box, but his bullet header skewed just over the bar. Teenager Andy Winter was the first Accies man to test Scott Bain, who kept the number one spot ahead of Vasilis Barkas, with his curling shot from range bringing a diving save out of the 'keeper. Read More Related Articles Lanarkshire Live Sport's Scottish Premiership predicitions (Image: SNS Group) Debutant Hakeem Odoffin whipped a cross in from the right that was met at the near post by David Moyo, but his header skewed wide of the goal after 11 minutes as Accies clawed their way into the game. The warning shot seemed to rouse the home side as James Forrest cut inside and hit a low drive moments later that a top diving save from Fulton kept out of the bottom corner. From the resulting corner, Christie found an unmarked Julien again from the corner the ball was smashed off the outside of the post from the angle. (Image: SNS Group) Read More Related Articles Hamilton Accies sign ex-Livingston defender Odoffin ahead of Celtic clash The Hoops would take the lead as Greg Taylor's cross from the left-flank found Edouard in space in the six-yard box to tap the ball into an empty net with Fulton in no man's land after 20 minutes. Claims for a foul on Odoffin in the build-up to the opener were waved away by referee Willie Column. The Glasgow giants would make it two with an almost identical goal after 30 minutes, as Taylor this time found Frimpong unmarked at the back post to blast the ball home.
. Bain got a glove to it, but couldn't stop the ball nestling in the net.
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Hamitlon's Scott Martin celebrates his goal with Shaun Want (right)
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Julien was causing plenty of problems from corners, and his volley just before half time was scrambled clear by Fulton and Odoffin. The lifeline for the visitors was snuffed out shortly after half-time as Forrest found Edouard in space again and he calmly buried the shot. It was four shortly after despite Fulton making a good stop from Ryan Christie's shot, but the Accies' defence were slow to react and Edouard tapped in his third after 53 minutes. Fulton pulled out another excellent save as he got a glove to Forrest's curling shot to parry it wide, after the winger was allowed to cut in from the left after 58 minutes. It was almost five as a neat one-two between Forrest and Frimpong brought another good stop from Fulton, low at the feet of the wing-back, before Odoffin cleared the ball off the line from a McGregor header.
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Mohamed Elyounoussi then tried his luck after 68 minutes as he was left in acres of space by a sluggish defence to line up his shot, but the New Douglas Park keeper got a strong hand to parry his shot wide. Accies were causing themselves problems after 80 minutes as Shaun Want looked to head the ball back to Fulton from the edge of the box, only for Julien to intercept. A coming together saw Column award a foul rescuing away team. Substitute Kimala outpaced Jamie Hamilton in injury time to clip the ball in off the post to round off the rout. It proved to be a steep learning curve for the young outfit ahead of their clash with Ross County next weekend.
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